President Donald Trump announced military operations against Syria as a response to their use of chemical weapons last week. In a 9 pm ET national address Friday, Trump said that the US is working in conjunction with the United Kingdom and France to strike targets associated with the Assad regime.
From the Washington Post:
President Trump ordered a military attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, joining allies Britain and France in launching missile strikes in retaliation for what Western nations said was the deliberate gassing of Syrian civilians.
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
Trump announced the strikes in an address to the nation Friday evening. He said, “The purpose of our action tonight is to establish a strong deterrent” against the production and use of chemical weapons, describing the issue as vital to national security. Trump added that the U.S. is prepared “to sustain this response” until its aims are met.
Trump asked both Russia and Iran, both Assad backers, “what kind of nation wants to be associated” with mass murder and suggested that some day the U.S. might be able to g”et along” with both if they change their policies.
A Pentagon briefing has been scheduled for 10 pm ET Friday.
AP and Reuters reporting loud explosions lighting up the skies over Damascus, heavy smoke after Trump announced airstrikes
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